Maria Vamvakinou not disqualified by Section 44 of the Australian Constitution

Since the whole section 44 thing has blown up, some media commentators have questioned if Maria Vamvakinou, the Labor Member for Calwell, is eligible to sit in the House of Representatives, given the prohibition on federal members of parliament holding dual citizenships and Maria Vamvakinou’s past history as a Greek citizen.

Media publications have described the member of parliament as being in question and Liberals have threatened to challenge her eligibility in the high court as part of a “nuclear option”.

They will all be disappointed though. Someone trustworthy had advised me early this year (before all this madness began) about how Ms Vamvakinou had renounced her Greek citizenship before running for office in order to meet the section 44 requirements.

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